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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jul 1898

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Repairs are being made to the sloop Minnie.

The steamer Columbian left here this morning for Montreal.

The steamboat inspectors are at Peterboro inspecting boats.

The M.T. company's barge Winnipeg is in the government dry-dock for repairs.

The steamer North King touched at Swift's wharf yesterday on her usual Sunday run from Charlotte to Alexandria Bay.

Departures - Tug Jessie Hall, Montreal, four grain laden barges; tug Thomson, Charlotte, two barges to load coal; schooner Acacia, Oswego, light.

The steamer Algerian was delayed in the Cornwall canal on Saturday night, and the steamer Caspian took her trip from here to Toronto yesterday.

Arrivals - Schooner Two Brothers, Oswego, coal; tug Thomson, Montreal, three light barges; sloop Laura D., 2,500 bushels of peas, Bay of Quinte ports; tug Jessie Hall, Montreal, six light barges; schooner Maggie L., Bay of Quinte ports, 3,000 bushels of peas; schooner Fabiola, Oswego, coal.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, July 16th - Down: Steamer D.R. Van Allen and barge, Midland to Oswego, lumber; Iron Chief and barge, Chicago to Kingston, corn.

Port Colborne, July 17th - Down: Steamer Frost, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Omaha, Chicago to Prescott, corn.


The steamyacht Skylark, owned by H. Corby, M.P., Belleville, touched here yesterday on its way down the St. Lawrence. On board were Mr. Corby, Mrs. Corby and the Misses Corby, U.E. Thompson and wife and C. Laidlaw, formerly bank clerk in this city. The party is out on a three weeks' tour leaving Belleville on Saturday night. The cruise will extend down as far as Quebec, and down to Lake Champlain. Returning the yacht will follow the American shore, touching at Oswego and Charlotte before crossing the lake for home.

The Skylark is a model steamyacht, being originally built in Brooklyn. She was purchased by Mr. Corby this spring, her owner being deceased. Her dimensions are 105 ft. over all, 16 ft. 4 in. beam, and has a draft of 5 ft. 6 in. She has a powerful Staple compound engine capable of driving her at an average speed of fifteen miles an hour. The Skylark is handsomely fitted out and furnished, containing all modern arrangements for comfort and pleasure. Mr. Corby spent a considerable sum in improvements, and now has a staunch, speedy and comfortable craft. Captain J. Dunning will pilot the steamer and has with him a crew of five men.


The Interference Made With Regular Lines.

Kingston, July 18th - To The Editor:

It seems to me, a disinterested outsider, having no bias towards or interest in, directly or indirectly, one company or the other beyond that suggested by a spirit of fair play, a great pity that the Ontario and Richelieu people should have started an opposition - a bitter opposition too, it would appear - to that well-known, comfortable, commodious, beautiful and deservedly popular line of steamers controlled by the Folger Bros., and which has been such a boom to the citizens of Kingston for so many years in their pleasurable jaunts over the many delightful routes among the unrivalled scenery of the Thousand Islands between this city and Alexandria Bay.

The opposition is unnecessary and uncalled for, as there is no more business on the route than sufficient for one line of steamers, especially as the season is short, lasting about three months only. Had excessive rates been charged by the old company, then fair competition might be in order, but that is not complained of, that is not the motive which prompts the opposition, so far as can be learned, but solely a spirit of revenge because the Folger company saw fit to place another line of boats between Kingston and Montreal. Had this company not been unfairly interfered with in their long standing and satisfactory ferry business between this city and Wolfe Island, out of which they were unjustly crowded, it is not likely they would have put the American line on the Montreal route. Having no work for their best and surplus boats to do, after losing the island trade, they were obliged, I understand, to resort to this new route from Clayton to keep those steamers employed.

Who were really the cause of this move? They were not the original aggressors. Had the very people now harassing them nothing to do with the change in the island ferry? How did that turn out? A total failure, and the islanders had to fall back again on the Folgers, who are now doing the work in the same satisfactory manner as they did before. They should now be unanimously supported in the present emergency, and the citizens and excursion public generally should not allow them to suffer at the hands of the Richelieu & Ontario company, who have no claim whatever to our patronage and who, dog-in-the-manger-like, come in to interrupt a limited trade insufficient to support their own expensive boats even had they the whole of it. Were that result brought about - fortunately not at all likely - would they continue the service as the Folgers have done? Not likely. What then? We would probably lose our delightful and regular excursion trips.

The Folgers on the river, like the Gildersleeves on the bay in the past, should never have been interfered with, as they both served the public regularly, faithfully and well, and theirs would have remained a perpetual service but for the begrudging, revengeful and interfering spirit manifested by first one and then another, until the trade becomes so cut up, divided, and destroyed as to leave a reliable support for none of them. The R. & O. company have, by last winter's conduct, forfeited any patronage that we have at our disposal, when they took their steamers away from Kingston to Montreal to have the necessary work done on them there. It is therefore great assurance on their part now to ask us to abandon our own reliable citizens, who are constant benefactors to us, not only by their steamboat service but in many other enterprises, employing, as they constantly do, a large number of our citizens, and but for whom the city would be as dead as a cemetery. CONSISTENCY.

p.6 Snips - The schooner S.H. Dunn left Garden Island for Toledo this afternoon.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jul 1898